ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Justin Upton and Phil Gosselin each had two and two RBIs, and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Tuesday in the first game of an unusual doubleheader.
The opener of a four-game series featuring the top two home run hitters in the majors didn't produce any long balls from Shohei Ohtani or Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Ohtani, who leads the majors with 37 homers, was 0 for 3 with an intentional walk. Guerrero, who has 35 home runs, was hitless in four at-bats.
Toronto batted last and was the "home" team at Angel Stadium in the first game, a makeup from an April 11 rainout at the Blue Jays' temporary home field early this season in Dunedin, Florida. In the regularly scheduled nightcap, the Angels will be the home team.
Guerrero had a huge fielding miscue when he misplayed Jo Adell's popup in the fifth inning. He was unable to track the ball behind first base and let it glance off his glove as two runs scored to extend Los Angeles' lead to 4-1.
Upton put the Angels on the board with a two-run single in the third. After the Blue Jays got to 4-3 in the fifth, Gosselin provided some insurance with a two-run single in the sixth.
Los Angeles right-hander Chris Rodriguez allowed only one run over four innings in his first career start at Angel Stadium. He gave up six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Junior Guerra (3-2) got the win with a scoreless sixth, and Raisel Iglesias retired the side in the seventh for his 25th save.
Both games were scheduled for seven innings under pandemic rules.
Marcus Semien had three hits, including an RBI double in the third to bring the Blue Jays to 2-1.
Steven Matz (9-7) went 4 1/3 innings for Toronto. He was charged with four runs (two earned) and six hits. The left-hander struck out five and walked three.
Toronto closed to 4-3 in the fifth when Semien scored on Teoscar Hernandez's single. Corey Dickerson followed with an RBI triple to left-center.
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